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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, Illinois

Visit Tyndales exciting Web site for kids at www.tyndale.com/kids TYNDALE and Tyndales quill logo are registered trademarks of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Classic Bible Storybook Copyright 1979, 2009 by Tyndale House Foundation. All rights reserved. Interior illustrations on pages 26 and 251 by Ron Ferris. All rights reserved. Interior illustrations on pages 49, 70, 86, and 207 by Corbert Gauthier. All rights reserved. Interior illustrations on pages 264, 266, and 269 by Janice Skivington. All rights reserved. Illustrations by Richard Hook on pages 5, 25, and 225 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All remaining illustrations not mentioned above are by Richard and Frances Hook Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved. Designed by Erik M. Peterson Edited by Betty Free Swanberg Adapted from The Book for Children, copyright 2000 by Tyndale House Foundation, and Taylors Bible Story Book, copyright 1979 by Tyndale House Foundation. The material in Taylors Bible Story Book is based on The Story of the Bible, written by Charles Foster.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


Taylor, Kenneth Nathaniel. Classic Bible storybook / by Kenneth N. Taylor ; illustrations by Richard and Frances Hook. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-1-4143-0769-5 (hc) ISBN-10: 1-4143-0769-1 (hc) 1. Bible stories, English--Juvenile literature. I. Hook, Richard. II. Hook, Frances. III. Title. BS551.3.T36 2009 220.9'505--dc22 2008034385 Printed in China 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

PRESENTED TO

BY

ON

I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and they know me.


(From Story 89)

Contents
Introducing the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv O l d T e s Ta m e n T 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 God Makes a Beautiful World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Genesis 12; 3:20

The Worlds Saddest Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4


Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-16

The First Family Fight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


Genesis 4:1-16

A Long, Long Time to Live . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


Genesis 5

Noah Is Safe in a Boat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Genesis 6:19:17

A Tall Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Genesis 1011

A New Home for Abram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


Genesis 11:2712:10

Abram Shares His Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


Genesis 13; 17

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

God Visits and Isaac Is Born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18


Genesis 17:118:15; 21:1-7

A Wife for Isaac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19


Genesis 2324

Esaus Mistake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Genesis 25:19-34

Is It Jacob or Esau?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Genesis 27:128:5

A Stairway to Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Genesis 28:5, 10-22

Jacob Works Hard and Gets Married . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28


Genesis 29:131:16

Jacobs Secret Escape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31


Genesis 31:1733:17

Josephs Coat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Genesis 35; 37:1-4

Josephs Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Genesis 37:5-36

Joseph Becomes an Important Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37


Genesis 3941

Josephs Older Brothers Come to Egypt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38


Genesis 42:1-35

A Big Surprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Genesis 42:3646:34

A Princess Finds a Baby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43


Exodus 1:12:10

A Voice in a Burning Bush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


Exodus 2:114:20

Terrible Troubles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Exodus 4:29-31; 710

The Worst Trouble of All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48


Exodus 1112; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

A Pillar of Cloud and Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50


Exodus 13:1715:21

Food from Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52


Exodus 16

The Ten Commandments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54


Exodus 1920; 24; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:21-22

A Special House for God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57


Exodus 2528

A Gold Calf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Exodus 31:1834:35

Workers Build the Tabernacle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61


Exodus 3540; Leviticus 16; Hebrews 7

Three Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Leviticus 23

Moses Doesnt Believe God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65


Numbers 20:1-13

Balaams Donkey Speaks! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67


Numbers 2224

The Promised Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69


Deuteronomy 31; 34; Joshua 1:15:12

Jerichos Walls Fall Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71


Joshua 5:136:27

Gideon and His Wool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74


Judges 24; 68

Samson, the Strong Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77


Judges 13; 16:4-14

Samson Tells a Secret. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79


Judges 16:5-6, 15-31

A Beautiful Love Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81


Ruth

Job Goes Through Sad Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84


Job 119

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56

God Speaks to Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86


Job 2042

Jonah and the Giant Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87


Jonah

Samuel Hears a Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90


1 Samuel 13

The People Want a King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93


1 Samuel 710

A New King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
1 Samuel 1516; 17:34-36

David Kills a Giant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99


1 Samuel 17

Davids Best Friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101


1 Samuel 18:1-16; 19:1-10; 20

David Steals the Kings Spear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104


1 Samuel 23:13; 24:8-17; 2627

David Becomes the King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107


1 Samuel 31; 2 Samuel 12; 45

Gods Beautiful Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108


2 Samuel 7; 1 Kings 3; 57; 1 Chronicles 22; 2 Chronicles 1:15:6

Two Kings and Two Kingdoms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111


1 Kings 11:4112:20; 2 Chronicles 1011

Food for Elijah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113


1 Kings 1518

A Chariot Ride to Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117


1 Kings 19; 2 Kings 2

Elisha Helps a Rich Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118


2 Kings 4:8-37

A Little Girl Helps Naaman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120


2 Kings 5:1-17

Four Men Find Food for a City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123


2 Kings 6:247:16; 17

57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68

A Little Boy Becomes a King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127


2 Kings 1112; 2 Chronicles 2224

King Ahaz Closes the Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128


2 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 2829

The Savior Will Come! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131


2 Kings 20; 2 Chronicles 32:24-33; Isaiah 53; Micah 1; 56

King Josiah and the Lost Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132


Deuteronomy 31:9-13; 2 Kings 22:123:3; 2 Chronicles 34

Jeremiah Writes a Message from God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134


2 Kings 24:1-6, 18-20; 25:1-2; 2 Chronicles 36:4-21; Jeremiah 15; 21; 27; 29; 36

Jerusalem Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137


2 Kings 25; Jeremiah 3739; 52

Dead Bones Come to Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140


Ezekiel 37

Three Men in a Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142


Daniel 13

Daniel in the Lions Den . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145


Daniel 6; 9

Many Jews Return to Judah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147


Ezra 13; Isaiah 44:2145:13

Queen Esther Talks to the King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150


Esther

A Time to Remember. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153


Ezra 78; Nehemiah

n e w T e s Ta m e n T 69 70 Three Visits from an Angel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159


Matthew 1; Mark 1:1-3; Luke 1

John the Baptist Is Born. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161


Luke 1:39-80

71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86

Jesus, Gods Son, Is Born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162


Luke 2:1-21

Simeon and Anna See Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165


Luke 2:22-38

Wise Men Visit a Little King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166


Matthew 2

Jesus Grows Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169


Luke 2:39-52

Jesus Is Baptized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170


Matthew 3; Mark 1:4-15

A Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
John 2:1-12

A Night Visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174


John 3:1-21

Jesus Helps a Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177


John 4:1-42

Jesus Helps a Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178


John 4:43-54

Finding Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181


Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11

Finding People and Working Hard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183


Matthew 12:9-15; Mark 1:162:12; 3:1-19; Luke 5:1-11, 17-26; 6:6-13

Jesus Teaches from a Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185


Matthew 57; Luke 6:20-49

A Farmers Seeds and Gods Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188


Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:1-15

A Storm on a Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191


Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25

A Woman and a Girl Meet Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192


Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56

Dinner for a Crowd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194


Matthew 10; 14:13-21; Mark 6:6-13, 30-44; Luke 9:1-6, 10-17; John 6:1-16

87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

The Good Samaritan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196


Luke 10:25-37

Mary Listens to Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199


Luke 10:38-42

Jesus, the Good Shepherd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201


Luke 15:3-7; John 10:1-30

A Young Man Runs Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202


Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

Jesus and Lazarus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205


John 10:3911:45

Jesus Heals Ten Lepers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207


Luke 17:11-19

Children Love Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208


Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17

Zacchaeus Finds a Friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210


Luke 18:31-34; 19:1-10

Bartimaeus Wants to See. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212


Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43

Jesus Eats Supper in Bethany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213


John 12:1-11

Jesus Rides a Colt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215


Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19

Fixing Supper and Washing Feet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216


Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-17

Eating the Last Supper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218


Matthew 26:20-35; Mark 14:17-31; Luke 22:14-34; John 13:18-38; 17 Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46

100 Jesus Prays in a Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 101 Jesus Is Taken Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Matthew 26:47-58, 69-75; Mark 14:43-54, 66-72; Luke 22:47-62; John 18:1-18, 25-27

102 A Crown of Thorns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224


Matthew 26:59-68; 27:11-31; Mark 14:55-65; 15:1-20; Luke 22:6323:25; John 18:2819:16

103 The Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226


Matthew 27:32-54; Mark 15:21-39; Luke 23:26-47; John 19:17-30

104 Jesus Comes Back to Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229


Matthew 27:5728:15; Mark 15:4216:10; Luke 23:5024:12; John 19:3120:18

105 Two Friends Walk to Emmaus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232


Mark 16:12-14; Luke 24:13-43; John 20:19-23

106 Thomas Believes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234


John 20:24-29

107 Breakfast with Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236


John 21:1-17

108 Jesus Returns to Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237


Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:12:41; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

109 Philip Has Good News for a Man from Ethiopia . . . . . . 240
Acts 6:1-7; 8:4-8, 26-40

110 A Light from Heaven Makes Saul Blind . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242


Acts 8:3; 9:1-9

111 Saul Can See Again . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244


Acts 9:10-28

112 The Good News Is for Everyone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245


Acts 9:3210:48

113 An Angel Gets Peter Out of Jail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249


Acts 12:1-17

114 Saul Becomes Paul, the Missionary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250


Acts 11:20-26; 1314; 15:3616:5

115 An Earthquake Shakes a Jail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252


Acts 16:12, 16-40

116 Paul Goes Back to Jerusalem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255


Acts 20:1323:11

117 Pauls Nephew Saves His Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257


Acts 23:1225:12

118 Shipwrecked but Safe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260


Acts 27; 28:11-14

119 Dressed like Soldiers for God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263


Acts 28:16; Ephesians 4:1, 17-32; 5:216:4; 6:10-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Colossians 3:16-17

120 A Letter That Wasnt Signed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265


Hebrews 913

121 Johns Wonderful Vision of Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268


Revelation 1:9-20; 4; 14; 2122

Kenneth N. Taylor (1950) reading Bible stories to two of his children.

Introducing the Author

enneth N. Taylor is best known as the writer of The Living Bible, a paraphrase he wrote so that his own children could better grasp Scriptures message. This paraphrase was later revised by a group of biblical scholars to become the New Living Translation. It was always Dr. Taylors desire to make Bible truths easily understandable to everyoneboth adults and children. Ken Taylors first claim to fame, though, was as a writer of childrens books. Ken and his wife, Margaret, had ten children and twenty-eight grandchildren. (The number of great-grandchildren continues to grow!) So Ken Taylor personally told many children about God. His early manuscripts were ready for publication only when they passed the scrutiny of his ten young critics! Dr. Taylors childrens books, which have been read to three generations of children around the world, include The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes (Moody Press), Devotions for the Childrens Hour (Moody Press), Taylors Bible Story Book (Tyndale House), The Living Bible Story Book (Tyndale House), and Big Thoughts for Little People (Tyndale House). Some of his more recent books include My First Bible in Pictures (Tyndale House), I Can Learn about God (Tyndale House), A Childs First Bible (Tyndale House), The Book for Children (Tyndale House), and FamilyTime Bible in Pictures (Tyndale House). Dr. Taylor believed that it was important for the illustrations in his books to make the words come to life. Just as the words were to be easy for children to understand, so were the illustrations. He especially appreciated Richard and Frances Hook for their realistic, accurate portrayal of biblical scenes along with sweet pictures of children. Their illustrations, along with Dr. Taylors stories, can easily form the basis for many lively family discussions about the Bible.
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Adam and Eve lived in the beautiful garden God made.

Story 1

God Makes a Beautiful World


ong, long agobefore anyone can rememberGod made the world. At first it was lonely and dark. Then God made the light. He said, Let there be light, and light came. God was pleased with it. He called the light day. And he called the darkness night. God did these things on the first day of Creation. Then God made the space above the earth. He called it sky. God did this on the second day of Creation. Next God said that the waters covering the earth should become oceans and lakes, and dry land should appear. God also made grass grow, and bushes and trees. All this was on the third day of Creation. On the fourth day God let the sun shine in the daytime, and the moon and stars at night. On the fifth day God made large sea animals and little fish. And he made birds, like ducks and geese, to fly over the water and swim in it. He made other birds, like eagles, robins, pigeons, and wrens, to fly over the land and live in the woods and fields. On the sixth day of Creation God made animals that walk on land. He made wild elephants, lions, tigers, and bears. He made tame rabbits, horses, cows, and sheep. And he made little insects, such as ants and bees. Then God made someone very special. He took some dust from the ground and formed it into a mans body. God gave life to the body, and the man began to breathe. God named the man Adam. The Lord God planted the beautiful Garden of Eden as a home for Adam. In it God planted trees full of delicious fruit. God told Adam he could eat any fruit except the fruit from one tree. That was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If Adam obeyed God, he could live forever. But if Adam took even one bite from that trees fruit, God said he would die someday.

G e N e s i s

1 2 ;

3 : 2 0

Adam was lonely, for he was the only person in all the world. So God decided to make another person who would live with Adam and help him. God put Adam to sleep. Then God took one of Adams ribs and made a woman from it. When God brought the woman to Adam, she became his wife. And Adam named her Eve. God looked at all he had made in six days, and he was very pleased. On the seventh day, God rested. It was a quiet day, different from all the othersa holy day of rest.
Look at the picture on page 2 and name some things that God created. How did God make Adam? What did God tell Adam he could do? What did Adam need to do so he could live forever? How did God make eve?

Story 2

The Worlds Saddest Day


atan is a wicked spirit. He tries to make people do things that are wrong. He came to Eve in the Garden of Eden. He was in the shape of a serpent. Satan asked Eve, Did God really tell you not to eat the fruit of any of the trees in the Garden? We may eat any of it except from one tree, she replied. We are not to eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden. God said that if we do, we will start growing old and die. Thats not true! Satan told her. It wont hurt you at all! Really, its good and will make you wise.

G e N e s i s

3 ;

R o m A N s

5 : 1 2 - 1 6

Adam and Eve were afraid of God and tried to hide.

Eve should have gone away and should not have listened to Satan. But instead, she went over and looked at the tree. The fruit looked good! So she ate some fruit. She gave some to Adam, and he ate it too. Then they were afraid of God and tried to hide. God was angry. He told the serpent, You will have to crawl in the dust all your life. God told the woman, You will have pain when your children are born. God told Adam, You will have to work hard to get food to eat. And someday you will die. Your body will become dust again. But God still loved Adam and Eve. So he made clothes for them before he sent them out of the beautiful garden. He also promised to send a Savior. That Savior was Gods Son, Jesus, who came years later to die for everyones sins. (Perhaps you already know that after Jesus died, he came back to life. Now he lives in heaven with God the Father.) All of us do bad things. We sin, just like Adam and Eve did. But God forgives us if we ask him to, because Jesus died to take away our sins.
Did Adam and eve obey God or satan? How did God punish Adam and eve? When God was angry, how did he still show his love? When we do bad things, what can we ask God to do?

Story 3

The First Family Fight

G e N e s i s

4 : 1 - 1 6

fter God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden, he gave them two sons. Cain became a farmer, planting crops. Abel was a shepherd with a flock of sheep.
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The two brothers both sinnedthey did things that were wrong. But Abel pleased God. So we know he was sorry about his sins. One day Abel offered his best lamb as a gift to God. He put the lamb on an altar made of stones. This gift was called a sacrifice. By giving God his best lamb, Abel showed God that he loved him. God was pleased that Abel worshiped him like this. One day God would send his Son, Jesus, into the world. Jesus would become a very special kind of sacrifice. He would die to save us from having to take the blame for our sins. Then he would come back to life. Abels brother, Cain, did not Cain took his anger out on Abel. please God. He did not turn from his sins. The offering he brought was from his garden, but he did not bring the best things from his garden. When Cain learned that God had accepted Abels sacrifice but not his, he was angry with God. But God said that if Cain would worship him in the right way, he would accept Cains gift. Cain, who was still angry with God, took his anger out on Abel. One day in a field, Cain killed Abel. God called to Cain, Where is Abel, your brother? How should I know? Cain answered. Am I supposed to look after my brother? But God had seen what Cain had done. So God said Cain would always have to wander from place to place. He would have to keep looking for
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places where crops would grow. Cain was afraid that people would try to hurt him. But God still loved Cain and said he would never let that happen.
What gift did Abel give God? What did Cain offer to God? Before he would accept Cains gift, what did God want Cain to do? What terrible thing is Cain getting ready to do in the picture on page 7? Afterward, what did God say would happen to Cain? What would not happen?

Story 4

A Long, Long Time to Live

G e N e s i s

ain and Abels father and mother, Adam and Eve, lived for many years after the fight between their first two sons. When Adam was 930 years old, he died. His body became dust again. Thats what God had said would happen because Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Before Adam and Eve died, they had many children. The children grew up and had children too. Then those children grew up and had children, until there were many, many people in the world.

Methuselah lived longer than anyone else has lived.

One of those people was Enoch. He walked with God. That means he loved God and thought about God all the time. It was as if he and God walked together like friends. Enoch listened to what God said and always tried to please and obey him. When Enoch was 365 years old, God did a wonderful thing for him. God took Enoch right up to heaven! So he didnt die like other men. God just took Enoch away to live with him. Enoch had a son named Methuselah, who lived to be 969 years old. Methuselah is known as the oldest man who ever lived.
What special thing happened to enoch? Who was the oldest man who ever lived? How old was he when he died?

Story 5

Noah Is Safe in a Boat

G e N e s i s

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s the years went by, the world became very wicked. People didnt even try to obey God. So God said he would send a flood to drown all living things. But one good man named Noah loved God and always wanted to please him. God loved Noah too, and told him about the flood so he could get ready for it. God told Noah, I want you to build a huge boat. God said to make it as high as a three-story house, with many large rooms. It was to have a long window all around it and a big door on the side. It took Noah more than one hundred years to build the boat. But as you know, at that time people lived much longer than they do now. When the boat was finished, God told Noah to bring his wife, his three sons, and each sons wife into the boat. God also said to bring fathers and
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God took care of Noah, his family, and all the animals.

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mothers for each kind of bird, animal, and insect. God said that in one week he would send a rain that would last forty days and forty nights. A flood would come, and everyone outside the boat would be drowned. When all were safely inside, God closed the door. Seven days later it began to rain. The rain poured down for forty days and forty nights, just as God had said it would. The creeks, the rivers, and the great oceans all began to rise, and water covered the land. Higher and higher the water rose, with the boat floating on it. What about the people who wouldnt obey God? Now it was too late for them to get into the boat. But God took care of Noah and all those who were with him. Finally the rain stopped, and the water began to go down again. After Noah had been in the boat for 150 daysalmost half a year the boat rested on top of Mount Ararat. Two and a half months later, the flood had gone down even more. Finally the ground was dry. So God told Noah and his family to come out of the boat. He said to let out all the animals and insects and birds, too. Then Noah built an altar. He gave animals and birds to the Lord God to thank God for saving him and his family from the Flood. God promised that he would never send another flood to drown all living things. As proof, he gave Noah a signa beautiful rainbow in the sky. Whenever he saw it, Noah would remember Gods promise not to send a flood like that again. When we see a rainbow, we can remember Gods promise too.
Why did God send the Flood? What people did Noah bring onto the boat? What else did Noah bring onto the boat? How long did it rain? What can you think about when you see a rainbow?

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